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19 June 2013 @ 01:24 pm
So i just recently ordered MeLuna sizes XL and L. I am having soo much trouble putting them in. I've tried every single fold I heard and right now I'm in pain. I think I basically scraped inside of me. Half of it was still peeking out. I gave up and ended up using a tampon. I think the sizes are too big so what can I do about it? Can I exchange them? I got these sizes because i have a heavy flow and i wanted that capacity. I have never used them until today.

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joellep1234joellep1234 on June 19th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Also I ordered the classic, thank god i didn't order the sport or i would have caused some serious damage
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 20th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
If your hymen isn't in the way, you're probably clenching your PC muscles. To isolate them, next time you go pee, start and stop your stream a few times. Then insert your finger and give it a little squeeze. Now that you know how to contract them on command, practice RELAXING them on command. You'll need to do that for insertion and especially removal. Open your mouth a little and keep your jaw slack -- and don't forget to breathe! :o)

Want to try my method?
Insert your cup so the rim is just beyond your pubic bone and allow it to open fully there. Then nudge the base/stem so the opening points toward your cervix (for me that's a healthy nudge rearward) and finally, give the cup a boost as you kegel it up and into place. You want the rim to sit (O) around your cervix. And there's no need to spin/rotate your cup (as some instructions suggest) because you already know it's open. But if you want to, go on ahead...

If you have trouble getting the cup to open, re-insert it with the folded part facing the other way. Up instead of down, or left instead of right (etc.) Create an air channel on the soft back side of your vagina to help the cup fill with air as it opens. Take your time, don't rush! Sometimes enlarging the tiny little anti-suction holes around the rim helps too.

And final tip: If you don't already, drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees comfortably. Keeping them up at knee height makes it hard to maneuver around down there.
kathrynsakathrynsa on June 20th, 2013 06:54 am (UTC)
The heaviness of your menstrual flow does not determine your recommended cup size!! It's not a direct correlation like in: if I use Super Plus tampons, then I need an extra-large cup or if I use mini tampons, then I'll need a small cup.

You may have a heavy flow, but a large cup may not be able to unfold properly, and you clearly find a larger cup uncomfortable.

By contrast, your flow may be light, but if you use a smaller cup and it is too small, it may change position or not seal properly.

For any menstrual cup to be effective, choosing the right size is vital.

Vaginal Length (Cervix Placement) is a factor in whether your choice of Cup Size will result in a comfortable cup experience:

The distance between the vaginal entrance and the cervix varies between individuals. Most women don’t realise this, but for each individual women, your cervix height even varies throughout your menstrual cycle itself!

A cervix that is low can be as little as 2,5cm inside the vagina, especially during menstruation. A high cervix can be as much as 15cm inside the vagina.

Whether you have a ‘high’ or a ‘low’ cervix during menstruation will therefore determine which cup size you can comfortably wear. If you have a ‘low’ cervix, you would likely find that a smaller size cup works better for you, and conversely, if you have a ‘high’ cervix, a larger size cup should work better for you.

Some cup size guides systematically orient young girls and virgins towards selecting the smallest cup size available. This is not necessarily good advice because they may find that even though they’re young and/or a virgin, they could have a very ‘high’ cervix and they could end up with a very small cup going up very high and making it difficult to remove.

A cup that is too small ...

- will not seal properly
- may slide down or twist
- can be difficult to remove when placed very deep

A cup that is too large ...

- cannot fully unfold inside the vagina
- can cause discomfort or even pain
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 20th, 2013 09:36 am (UTC)
As long as you're checking things out like Kuradi8 suggested, I would recommend looking for your cervix, see if it's too low to accomodate the length of the cup. But do note that cups usually sit (o) around the cervix, so if there's room ont he sides beyond the tip it'll fit there just as well. For now, relax and give your vagina a rest.

Would any of those tips help you ? http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1243131.html
teacupcake89 on June 20th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
2 questions:

1. are you using some form of lubricant to help insert the cup? If not use some/lots of water based lubricant like KY or coconut oil on yourself (not the cup)

2. are you currently on your period? if not, out the cups away and wait until it starts. many cup users find dry runs to be very very different (read uncomfortable/unsuccessful/disastrous!) compared to when on their period when everything is more relaxed and lubricated.

find out where your cervix is on your period and then aim the cup in that direction so it sits underneath it.

providing your cervix isn't super low I don't think you'll have any problem being able to use the large meluna, it's more like a 'medium' compared to most other brands.